A pioneer of cross-country skiing in Alberta, 90 year-0ld Bernie Mason passed away on Sunday. Bernie bought the first cross-country touring skis into Calgary in the early 70s, selling them out of his basement initially (where I bought my first pair of skis: not so light-weight Bonna 2400s), then opening Nordic Ski and Sports in the Spruce Cliff Shopping Centre. He helped find an office there for Rocky Mountain Books and we were next door neighbours for a few years until he gave up the store about 1988. Bernie was a lifetime member of Foothills Nordic Ski Club where he led or participated in many trips to Kananaskis Country.
Funeral Services will be held at McInnes & Holloway’s Fish Creek Chapel, 1441 Bannister Road SE on Thursday April 1 at 2:00 pm.